U.S. Open Day 1 Thread

Scores are high today on Day 1 of the U.S. Open in its return to Shinnecock Hills, with notables Rory McIlroy shooting an 80 and Jordan Spieth a 78, which is currently good for T80. 

Considering that T80 for a 78 is also not taking into account the vast number of players yet to tee off for the afternoon, if you assume half of those players will beat 78, Jordan and Rory face a steep uphill battle on Day 2 just to make the cut.

I’ve been doing more work on my back swing pivot with regards to getting my left arm and hands lower at the top position, and I can’t wait to get back out to take some cuts on video.

Suffice to say, if I’m correct on my hunch as I’m swinging the SwingRite with an eye on the tournament, my swing will look radically different from even the swings of a couple of days ago when you next see it…

drv slo


Tiger Woods is teeing off as I sign off – feel free to treat this as an Open Thread for any comments you may have on the swing in particular or the day’s proceedings.


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6 thoughts on “U.S. Open Day 1 Thread

  1. DB Coop

    tiger had a horrible start plus 4 through 2 but now bird at 5 gets him to 3 over.

    luv the new swing stuff deej. cant wait to see what you finish with. db

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks DB! I’ve always had that high arm position at the top and while I can still get into the slot on the down swing, I have been determined from the start to match my swing with the theoretical model.

      This would be the last thing I can see that deviates from the model, so I’m interested as well to see what it looks like when I get the swing re-assembled with the full hip turn 🙂

  2. Ralph Hagelbarger

    It definitely appears to me that you have shortened your backswing and hip turn.

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